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August 29, 2001

Aug. 29, 2001 -- The Pentagon's senior civilian and military officials this week urged Congress not to relinquish government-owned communication bands unless or until a comparable spectrum can be identified for military use.

"DOD must not be forced to relocate to other spectrum prematurely," Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Hugh Shelton write in an Aug. 27 letter to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD).

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Aug. 29, 2001 -- The military services are all engaged in efforts to integrate environmental sustainability into the acquisition process, emphasizing payoffs in both areas and looking to the example of private industry, service representatives said last week.

It's important to "start talking early about the systems we're going to design and build to ensure environmental sustainability is built into those systems," said Maj. Gen. James R. Snider, the deputy chief of staff for research, development and acquisition at Army Materiel Command. "It makes sense."

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August 28, 2001

Aug. 28, 2001 -- The Natural Resources Defense Council, representing a broad coalition of environmental and other public interest groups, has sued the Defense Department arguing that the administration needs to conduct a new environmental review of the president's highly touted missile defense program instead of relying on the assessments of past administrations. The legal complaint poses a new challenge to the centerpiece of the administration's missile and nuclear defense strategy, adding environment to the concerns being raised by critics of the unproven technology.

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Aug. 28, 2001 -- The Japanese military has selected Boeing's AH-64D Apache as its new attack helicopter, beating out Bell Helicopter Textron's AH-1Z SuperCobra, according to U.S. and Japanese officials.

A military selection committee met on Aug. 21 to weigh the two options, and the Japanese Defense Agency announced the panel's decision yesterday, officials told InsideDefense.com today. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Aug. 28, 2001 -- Site-specific oversight boards may become a determining factor in whether the Army can begin destruction of its chemical weapons stockpile at some sites, according to a provision in the House fiscal year 2002 defense authorization bill.

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Aug. 28, 2001 -- Recognizing a vital link between its operating forces and protecting critical infrastructure, the Marine Corps is establishing a critical infrastructure protection (CIP) working group that will oversee all protection initiatives and develop a Marine Corps CIP strategic plan, according to an administrative message issued yesterday by Marine Corps headquarters.

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Aug. 28, 2001 -- Gen. Michael Ryan, the Air Force chief of staff, says there is little prospect Iraq might derive technological gain from the unmanned aircraft lost yesterday patrolling the southern no-fly zone.

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Aug. 28, 2001 -- Stating the Bush administration is not against multilateral arms control agreements as a national security tool, J.D. Crouch, the newly-appointed assistant secretary of defense for international security policy, told reporters today the administration is looking at how arms control deals can be valuable -- or not valuable -- in achieving national security policy.

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August 27, 2001

Aug. 27, 2001 -- Northrop Grumman's Electronic Systems Sector today announced plans to lay off 500 workers from its navigation systems division. The move was part of a consolidation of the division's Southern California operations in the wake of Northrop's purchase of Litton Industries earlier this year.

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Aug. 27, 2001 -- Office of Management and Budget Director Mitch Daniels today said he hopes lawmakers will approve the fiscal year 2002 defense appropriations bill soon after returning from their August recess.

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August 24, 2001

Aug. 24, 2001 -- The debate over what segment of the electromagnetic spectrum should be auctioned to future providers of third-generation wireless Internet service has become focused on money -- perhaps to the detriment of the Defense Department, according to the new DOD chief information officer.

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Aug. 24, 2001 -- The military must improve its capability to "decentralize" its battlefield decision-making, the Pentagon's new assistant secretary for command, control, communications and intelligence said today, adding that network-centric warfare is the way to do it.

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Aug. 24, 2001 -- Egypt has requested to buy 26 Extended Range Multiple Launch Rocket Systems worth an estimated $354 million, the Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced today.

The proposed sale would allow the Egyptian Army to continue developing a defensive area fire capability to counter hostile long-range artillery and rocket systems. ER-MLRS would also enhance Egyptian interoperability with U.S. forces, the DSCA statement reads.

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Aug. 24, 2001 -- The United States should unambiguously guarantee Taiwan's safety from possible attack by China and at the same time hold up Taipei's government as a model for potential political reforms on the mainland, according to a senior House lawmaker.

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August 23, 2001

Aug. 23, 2001 -- The Army has agreed to pay Stewart & Stevenson $18.5 million to resolve a dispute with the company over modifications to Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles drive shafts, Stewart & Stevenson's president and chief executive officer announced today.

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August 22, 2001

Aug. 22, 2001 -- Raytheon has won a $110 million contract for the Army Airborne Command and Control System, the Defense Department announced today.

A2C2S is an "on-the-move" C2 system described as a "tactical command post." It is designed to enable commanders and their staffs "to maintain digital connectivity while operating from a temporary remote site or moving through the battlespace at speeds up to 300 kilometers per hour," the announcement states.

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Aug. 22, 2001 -- The Air Force is attempting to kill the Extended Range Cruise Missile 18 months after it first proposed the program, citing a reduced demand for the missile. Officially on hold, Air Force and industry officials say the program has for all intents and purposes been killed.

"The bottom line is that there has been lower use than we thought for some of our cruise missiles, so the urgency for the Extended Range Cruise Missile has gone down" Maj. Gen. John Barry, Air Force director of strategic plans, told InsideDefense.com today.

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Aug. 22, 2001 -- Sandra Pack, treasurer of the Bush-Cheney presidential campaign, is the White House's pick for assistant secretary of the Army for financial management and comptroller.

According to the White House, Pack is the treasurer of the Bush-Cheney Compliance Committee, which was set up to allow for donations to the campaign during the general election. Before that, Pack was the treasurer for Bush-Cheney 2000.

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Aug. 22, 2001 -- The Navy has decided that Navy Secretary Gordon England should recuse himself from matters involving General Dynamics' $2.6 billion bid to buy Newport News Shipbuilding, but declared he is free to make decisions about the DD-21 destroyer GD and other companies are vying to design and build, a spokesman for England told Inside the Navy.

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Aug. 22, 2001 -- Rep. John Spratt (D-SC), the ranking member on the House Budget Committee, said today the mid-year budget review issued this week by the Bush White House will not support the administration's plan to transform the military without force structure cuts.

"I'd have real problems with that,' if it happens, Spratt said.

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